Mobilization For Heritage: Iraq, Syria and other conflict-stricken countries

When :

from Wednesday 6 May, 2015
to Wednesday 6 May, 2015

Type of event :

Категория 8-Симпозиум

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Room II, 125 avenue de Suffren , 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

Today in Iraq and Syria, as yesterday in Bamyan or Timbuktu, radical armed groups destroy monuments, burn manuscripts, ransack museums, while terrorizing the population of these countries where, for centuries, have prospered brilliant civilizations. These attacks against cultural heritage are part, as stated by the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, of a "deliberate and extremely violent cultural cleansing strategy». The urge to make a tabula rasa is the seal of all totalitarian regimes because the past is always talking about the present. The treasures from the past nourish our minds and underpin our freedom.
On May 6, United Nations University and UNESCO are bringing together Iraqi officials, writers, poets, intellectuals and archeologists. All will mobilize to discuss how to counter the forces that are destroying the world's heritage, without which the earth would be just a desert.


Welcome and opening remarks, 2:00 – 2:30 pm

• Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
• David M. Malone, Rector of the United Nations University, Under-Secretary General of the United Nations
• Daniel Rondeau, United Nations University Representative at UNESCO, Writer, former Ambassador of France to Malta and UNESCO

Session 1, 2:30 – 5:00 pm

• Beatrice Andre-Salvini, General Heritage Honorary Curator, former Director of the Eastern Antiquities department, Louvre Museum
• Najeeb Michael, Dominican, Digital Center for Eastern Manuscripts, Mosul, Iraq
• Hélène Carrere d’Encausse, Historian, Perpetual Secretary of the Académie française
• Boutros Boutros Ghali, Egyptian statesman and diplomat, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations
• Abderrahmane Sissako, Filmmaker of Timbuktu
• Leïla Sebaï, Archeologist, Former Research Director of the National Institute of Heritage of Tunisia
• Bruno Favel, President of Steering Committee for Culture, Heritage and Landscape, Council of Europe

Session 2, 5:00 – 6:00 pm

• Abed Azrie, Writer and composer
• Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Poet and writer
• Nedim Gürsel, Writer
• Atiq Rahimi, Writer

Conclusion, 6:00 pm

• Jack Lang, President of the Arab World Institute (tbc)

To attend the event, please send your name and the name of your organization to:

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Contact: 01 45 68 46 43 ; 01 45 68 46 40 /

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